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Hand Made Custom Saddles -

'58 Wade, wood post horn, all over daisy stamping, beaver tail buckrolls, inlaid padded seat, inskirt rigging, and 5" monel stirrups.
The Wade Tree Saddle, also known as a Buckaroo Saddle or Slick Fork Saddle is born of the Californio and Great Basin traditions. It's signature characteristics are the Slick Fork topped with one of a variety of substantial dally horns; a deep seat backed up with a high backed cantle.

There are countless variations on the Wade Saddle theme but the most important consideration is performance. A great riding saddle will hold up over time and provide comfort for both horse and rider. The generations of horsemen and saddle makers who contributed to this design were thinkers; people who demanded a piece of equipment that would help them and their horses do a better job. That job might be a 30 mile commute to wherever the cattle were that day to roping then doctoring or branding or finding a more refined way of communicating with their best bridle horse.

The saddle should be a beautiful, functional tool. Our goal is to pull all the elements, design, quality materials and skill together to produce a custom saddle that will be a source of pleasure and satisfaction for years to come. Our Riding Saddles fulfill that goal.

Top notch riding saddles for the discerning equestrian. Great Ranch Saddles for great ranchers.

Call Bob to purchase your own hand made saddle: 406-961-3978
. . . However, We currently have a waiting list.

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58 Bob's personal saddle. Wade with small post horn, flat plate, geometric stamped panels with meander border, flat plate rigging. Buckaroo - 57 Wade with small post horn • flat plate rigging • geometric stamped panels with meander border. Flat creek custom saddle. buckaroo - 57 wade tree</b>With small wood post horn • inlaid padded seat • in-skirt rigging • geometric stamped panels with narrow border
58 Wade - rough out seat and fenders - 7/8 inskirt rigging - inlaid padded seat - small propeller stamping - 5 inch stainless Monel stirrups.
Wade dally horn partial basket flat plate bull dog tabs buck rolls. Buckaroo 57 Wade Saddle -Small wood post horn • flat-plate rigging • geometric stamped panels with narrow border • half covered stirrups. 58 WADE All top grain with inlaid padded seat, buck rolls, straight up cantle,7/8th rigging, brass hardware, with leaves and border stamp tooling.
58 Wade 7/8 Inskirt rigging--Elephant inlaid seat and Buckrolls--Barb wire stamp around all rough out-- Fish scale stamping with 1/2 covers on stirrups-- Hanson silver conchos with 3 inch cantle concho Bob People's custom saddle. Buckaroo- 58 Wade TreeWith straight-up cantle binding • inlaid padded seat • in-skirt rigging • meander stamped border • rawhide covered stirrups

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58 Wade about halfway done, headed for Canada.

'Over the last fifteen years I’ve ridden two saddles that Bob has built for me. The quality, craftsmanship and functionality of these rigs is second to none.

Brad Hobson
Ranch Manager, - The Stock Farm'

Hey Bob, Just wanted you to know how much I appreciate my new saddle and all the effort you put into making sure it fit my horses. I've made several 20 mile rides already and my mares are moving out really well. What was amazing to me was the 11 hour cattle drive I did and I wasn't even sore the next day, thanks, Bob.

John Spaeth,
Phillipsburg, Mt.'

Something You, As The Customer, Need To Know:

We at Bitterroot Saddle Co. are known for our quality horse equipment and customer service. We will go to any reasonable length to please you. You must understand that all of our work is custom-made just for you and it must be paid for upon completion, items cannot be returned.

We will stand behind our workmanship; we will endeavor to use the best materials that we can find. We will not agree to be held responsible for material flaws beyond our control, fitting issues, or improper use of the equipment or accidents. This means that you need to be sure that you are very clear as to what you want, ask every question, understand how the equipment is intended to be used and use it responsibly.


~ Base Price Custom Saddle ~

Includes: Custom made rawhide covered wood tree • High quality stainless steel hardware • #1 Hermann Oak skirting leather • Genuine woolskin lining • Butterfly shaped skirts with in-skirt rigging •Rear rigging dees- 1 3/4" tugs and 3 1/2" rear cinch • All saddles and accessories sewn with brown thread • Top grain leather, rough out or halfbreed • Latigos • Leather lined monel stirrups or rawhide covered stirrups with leather treads . . . . . . $4,500

~ Options At Additional Cost ~

Monel stirrups - Stainless steel:
Inlaid padded seat
Sterling Silver Package (6- 1 1/2" slotted conchos, 2 - 3/4" silver screws):
JWP Stainless Steel Conchos
Hansen Silver Overlay
Call for special order patterns and pricing
Plain cowhide
Decorative Stitch cowhide
Other exotic leathers available.

~ Stamping ~

Border stamp:
Narrow Border
Wide Border
Border stamp with stamped panels:
Narrow Border
Wide Border

~ Accessories ~

Martingale style breast collar - (plain or roughout)
Martingale style breast collar - (border stamped)
Martingale style breast collar - (fully stamped)
Choker style breast collar - (plain or roughout)
Choker style breast collar - (border stamped)
Choker style breast collar - (fully stamped)
Saddle bags (S,M,L) - (plain or roughout)
Saddle bags (S,M,L) - (stamped)
Saddle Hobbles
$ 60
Slobber Straps ($20 to $70 depending upon stamping and silver)

We occasionally offer pre-owned saddles for sale.